Creative Businesses


Please note that the inclusion of these links and sources does not constitute an endorsement by the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District. (updated 6/02/2020)

Recent Updates

  • 6/2/20 – Colorado Creative Industries releases arts and culture reopening resources:  Reopening Resources: Ideas from the field for Colorado Arts & Culture 
  • Expansion of Outdoor Retail and Dining: Fort Collins Businesses are able to apply to expand their retail and food businesses to outdoors. Any type of business can apply with this form, to help the City of Fort Collins & Health Department determine how you may be able to extend your business – APPLY HERE 
  • Alternative Funding Sources (Not PPP, EIDL or Governmental sources) Created by Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (
  • Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan   APPLY HERE! $5 million dollars available to help business recovery. Funded by the City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, and Bohemian Foundation.  Applies to non profits as well (501c3 and 501c6)
  • CARES Act EIDL Loans are closed to all businesses except agricultural businesses as of 5/4/20, but if your loan application is already in the cue you will be considered on a first come first served basis.
  • The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is offering support to small businesses whose work aligns with the Fund’s priorities of Prevention, Impact and Recovery.  Funds are distributed within three days.
  • Need a COVID-19 test for yourself or your employees? UCHealth is ready and waiting to help test folks –Find the testing closest to you






  • CARES Act –as of 5/4/2020 EIDL loans are open to agricultural businesses only.  Applications already submitted will still be processed in the order in which they have been received  Forgivable Federal loans and payroll protection payments are being accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) with up to a $10,000 advance or forgivable loan — now closed to all but agricultural businesses.
  • Payroll Protection Program This is on a first-come-first-served basis and can cover your employee payrolls, meant to help businesses keep their workforce employed, is 100% forgivable – contact your bank or payment processor like “Square” to apply
  • If you need local help applying for any of these National Relief SBA programs reach out to the Larimer SBDC  or see information at the Small Business Association 
  • CARES Act LOAN APPLICATION ASSISTANCE PROJECT – a no-cost lawyer match program for Colorado Nonprofit Association members providing a resource for much-needed support navigating the federal relief and response funding. (eligibility, what information you will need to complete your application, simplify requirements, clarify language, and offer other things to consider as you apply.) Learn more and get connected with a volunteer lawyer.
  • This GUIDE  can help you navigate/understand the CARES Act.
  • Small Business Administration 24/7  Help Line: 1-800-659-2955